Pitching leads UNCW to pair of wins past Cougars

Pitching leads UNCW to pair of wins past Cougars

MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina – Led by a pair of stellar pitching efforts from senior Peyton Jordan and junior Sarah Davis, UNCW earned a sweep of its Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader against the College of Charleston at the CofC Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Seahawks, who improved to 27-7-1 overall and 7-1 in the CAA, secured a 2-1 victory in the first game before blanking Charleston by a 1-0 count in the nightcap. Charleston dropped to 20-16 on the season with a 3-5 mark in league play.

Jordan, who improved to 12-2 on the season, earned the victory in the first game after yielding one unearned run on seven hits while posting four strikeouts. Meanwhile, Davis upped her record to 12-3 after fashioning the first solo shutout of her college career in the nightcap, scattering four hits with three strikeouts. 
Senior Nella Chamblee and sophomores Rachel Willis and Kali Jones each tallied two hits in the doubleheader for the Seahawks. Jones and Willis each hit a double in the twin bill while Chamblee notched her 100th career hit in the opener. 

How It Happened – Game 1: UNCW overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring twice in the top of the fourth inning. Jones tied the game with a RBI double down the left field line before sophomore Lacey Fox added a sacrifice fly to right field. 

How It Happened – Game 2: Willis drove in the game's only run in the top of the sixth inning with a single through the right side, scoring senior Lauren Moore from second base. 

Coach Kristy Norton Says: "Peyton and Sarah both had gutsy performances today. Our defense did a great job playing behind them. Lauren had a great at-bat in the top of the sixth inning in the second game to help us pull that one out."

Inside the Box Scores: Jordan induced 11 ground ball outs by the Cougars in the first game while Davis forced Charleston into 14 fly ball outs in the nightcap … Neither team recorded a hit with two outs in the doubleheader … The teams combined for a total of 19 hits in the pair of games … After giving up a single to lead off the game, Davis retired 13 straight Charleston hitters. 
#SeahawkStats: UNCW has now swept eight doubleheaders this season while splitting six others … Each of the last four meetings between the Seahawks and the Cougars have been decided by a one-run margin … Senior Merritt Wilkinson has reached base safely in 12 consecutive games, but had her nine-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-3 in the opener … Jones has reached safely in nine straight games … Chamblee is the 32nd player in school history with 100 career hits … Jordan became the sixth UNCW pitcher to throw 500 career innings with her complete-game effort in the first game … The Seahawks now have eight shutouts this season, the most since 2006 when they had a school-record 11 shutouts.  

Up Next: The Seahawks look to earn the series sweep against Charleston on Sunday afternoon with a single game at 12:30 p.m.   
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